planning departments

Council planning departments missing out on £70m, LGA warns

Council planning departments are set to miss out on an extra £70m by the end of the financial year, ‘hampering’ their ability to process applications, if the Government does not urgently bring forward measures to increase planning fees, the LGA has warned

Building on efficiency foundations

With housebuilders facing the pressures of rising demand, growing skills shortages and higher costs, Jason Ruddle of Elecosoft says it is time for a greater focus on improving efficiency
planning data

Why planning is ripe for innovation

Following the West Midlands Urban Tech Summit, Stefan Webb and Joseph Bailey talk about the importance of opening up planning data and working with Birmingham City Council to understand the impact of new developments
Planning Delivery Fund

£25m Planning Delivery Fund opens to local authorities

A new £25m Planning Delivery Fund to help local authorities delivery housing and infrastructure has opened for bids
housing development

Khan boosts affordable housing development in Wandsworth

The Major of London Sadiq Khan has used his planning powers to enhance the number of affordable homes being delivered on a new housing development in Wandsworth

Digital tool piloted to assist plan-making

A new digital prototype has been launched at MIPIM UK, demonstrating the potential of bringing together land, planning and housing data from different government agencies, all in one place
Growth Programme

London’s Growth Programme

Hiro Aso and Ian Malcahey from leading global architecture and design practice Gensler, share their thoughts on London’s unprecedented growth
urban green infrastructure

Green roofs and the future of urban green infrastructure

Research by has created the first national picture of the market for green roofs. Dusty Gedge, the report’s co-author, discusses its findings and what can be done to further encourage urban green infrastructure
green oak home

A green oak home in the green belt

How to achieve planning for a green oak home when you are replacing a property that finds itself in the green belt and a Conservation Area – a planning consent story from Oakwrights Architectural Designer, Pete Tonks
Local Plans

Local Plans – cost vs correctness

Emma Jones, Manager at Ramboll Environ, and Ben Christian, Senior Planner at Vail Williams, discuss the Local Plans process
green belt

An important Green Belt backwater

Stephen Brooker, Director of Walsingham Planning, argues it is time to update our thinking about the Green Belt
approach to planning

New approach to planning to accelerate delivering homes

Community Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a new innovative approach to planning homes that will ensure they’re built where most needed, save councils millions of pounds and deliver affordable homes
SME house builders

Research reveals lack of land limits SME house builders

According to research by the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB), a lack of small sites and limited finance tops the list of barriers to SME house builders
planning applications

Planning applications subsidised by taxpayers to the tune of £1bn

Local taxpayers will be forced to spend £1 billion covering the cost of planning applications by 2022, the Local Government Association has warned.

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